Daily Mail Parks officials in Florida have been fighting a losing battle to rid the Everglades of invasive Burmese pythons, not realizing that their secret weapon may be the state reptile. A remarkable photo posted on the Facebook page of Everglades National Park Monday depicted a death match between a massive gator and a python – with the former coming out on top. The picture of the tenacious reptile devouring its slithering opponent was accompanied by a post offering some information about the battle between the two critters.According to the message, earlier this month park staffers were contacted by resident Steve Greene, who reported ‘another “Gator and Python incident.’ The eyewitness told officials that as he was heading to Royal Palm, he spotted an alligator thrashing around. The gator was moving fast and very determined to get under the bridge,’ Mr Greene reportedly said. Parks officials explained in the Facebook post that the Burmese python is an exotic, invasive species that doesn’t belong in the Everglades.’Occasionally, the American Alligator, an apex predator in the Everglades, is seen consuming Burmese Pythons,’ the Facebook message read. ‘and sometimes the reverse!’ The snakes have no natural predators, they can eat anything in their path, and they can reproduce in large numbers./ Burmese pythons can reach 23 feet or more in length and weighing up to 200lbs with a girth as big as a telephone pole. By comparison, the American alligator, which is more than 150million years old, can reach a length of up to 18 feet and tip the scales at 450-600lbs.
We have an “Alien vs. Predator” situation in the Florida Everglades, as the longtime apex predator, the American Alligator is being challenged by a newly introduced invasive species. So many Floridians realized that they could no longer care for their pet Burmese Pythons over the years and released them into the wild that the massive snakes have established a breeding population in the Florida Everglades that cannot be stopped by humans. It’s official. Florida has a python population now. Burmese pythons and alligators are both used to being the apex predator on their respective turf, and in different instances in the Everglades, one often views the other as prey.
We Have Also Seen Pythons Consume Alligators:
We Have Even Seen Both Animals Die In A Life-Or-Death Struggle:
I feel like the alligator will often have the advantage when these two predators square off in the Everglades, unless the situation is a showdown between a particularly large python and a small gator, then the gator would not have a chance.
This is one of the many reasons why you do not release pets into the wild, ladies and gentlemen, we now have two apex predators competing for the same food source in our own backyards.
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